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  • Lewis Silkin hosted Global Labour Law Conference in Hong Kong with Ius Laboris

    Press Release

    03 November 2017

    The Shifting World Dynamics and the Evolving Workplace: Global labour law conference was held in Hong Kong last month in conjunction with Ius Laboris, the leading international law alliance combining the world’s leading employment, labour and pensions firms.

  • Feedback - positivity vs negativity

    02 November 2017

    Feedback is one of the most powerful tools for optimising workplace performance. Getting it right can help a business to constantly improve. Mistakes become learning opportunities; failures and bad behaviours are not repeated. Conversely, getting feedback wrong can destroy motivation, causing productivity to plummet.

  • Thousands of UK citizens could have bank accounts mistakenly frozen due to immigration policy

    Press

    27 October 2017

    Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for The Independent which discusses how legitimate people could have their bank accounts frozen as a result of new policy that will require banks to carry out identity checks as part of the Government's latest crackdown on illegal immigrants.

  • New ACAS guidance on mental health in the workplace

    25 October 2017

    Mental illness costs employers in the UK a lot of money – up to £30 billion each year in lost production, absence and recruitment costs according to Acas, which has recently published a guide to “promoting positive mental health in the workplace”.

  • Employment Tribunal fees - refunds begin

    24 October 2017

    After an unexpectedly lengthy wait, the Government has launched the first stage of its scheme for refunding Employment Tribunal (“ET”) fees following the Supreme Court’s decision that the fees system was unlawful.

  • Progress on the Parental Bereavement Bill

    23 October 2017

    The purpose of the proposed Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill (“the Bill”) is to provide a statutory right to paid leave for employed parents who suffer the loss of a child. Previous attempts to introduce paid leave in these circumstances over the past few years have been unsuccessful. However, this Bill - introduced into Parliament in July - has the support of the Government and is likely to become law.

  • Jonathan Carr comments for the Raconteur: I liked the people so I bought the company

    Press

    18 October 2017

    Jonathan Carr has commented in an article for the Raconteur which discusses Google's $1.1 billion acquisition of 2,000 HTC staff.

  • The Legal 500 ranks Lewis Silkin’s employment practice in the top tier again

    Press Release

    16 October 2017

    Lewis Silkin has again achieved Legal 500 Tier 1 rankings for Employment: London and Employment: Thames Valley as well as retaining its ranking in Employment: Cardiff.

  • Ask About … Retail, Fashion & Hospitality

    11 October 2017

    Many of our clients in the retail, fashion and hospitality sector face similar HR issues. Each month one of the members of our team will identify an issue, ask how you would deal with it and provide our advice. This month we asked Lucy...

  • WORKSPHERE commended by FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2017

    Press Release

    06 October 2017

    Lewis Silkin’s comprehensive HR service WORKSPHERE has been commended in the FT Innovative lawyers 2017: New Products and Services category.

  • International data transfers - are model clauses now under threat?

    05 October 2017

    Many of you will remember Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who in 2015 successfully brought a case to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) that resulted in the “safe harbor” - the agreement that allowed the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the US - being declared invalid.

  • James Davies writes for LexisNexis Australia - Robotics, artificial intelligence and work: hope for the best but prepare for the worst

    Press

    29 September 2017

    Divisional managing partner, James Davies has written an article for LexisNexis Australia which discusses the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on the workplace.

  • Brexit: from a slow drip to a full-on leak

    27 September 2017

    On 5 September 2017, the Home Office Post-Brexit Immigration Document was leaked to the public. The document – the exact publication date of which we do not know – provides a screenshot of government policy towards EU nationals and their non-EU family members. The document talks about how those individuals will be affected at three separate stages: (1) those in the UK ‘before exit’, (2) those who come to the UK during the ‘implementation phase’, and (3) those who arrive ‘after the implementation period’.

  • Lucy Lewis writes an article for The Law Society Gazette on ‘Cardiff: Our launch pad for expansion’

    Press

    27 September 2017

    The legal market in Cardiff is thriving, and so is Lewis Silkin’s Cardiff office.

  • Sean Dempsey comments for The Telegraph: How much regulation is needed to secure an open economy?

    26 September 2017

    Sean Dempsey commented in an article for The Telegraph discussing how businesses and regulatory bodies must not lose sight of workers’ rights and data protection as the way they work is transformed by technology.

  • Court of Appeal orders Hong Kong’s Immigration Department to accommodate same-sex partners as dependants

    26 September 2017

    In a unanimous decision made on 25 September, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Immigration Department’s refusal to issue a dependant visa to the lesbian civil partner of a British expat was not rational.

  • TUPE and collective agreements - static vs dynamic debate revisited

    25 September 2017

    A judgment of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) in a German case has reconsidered the effect of a TUPE transfer on employment terms governed by a collective agreement. The issue to be determined was whether, once a business had transferred, the new employer was compelled to apply the terms and conditions arising from collective agreements adopted after that transfer.

  • Employee liability information is not limited to contractual matters

    25 September 2017

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has ruled that the employee liability information (“ELI”) that a transferor is required to provide under regulation 11 of TUPE is not limited to contractual entitlements. In addition, the EAT decided that there is no obligation on the transferor to set out whether any entitlement is contractual or not.

  • Busting Brexit

    Press Release

    25 September 2017

    At the Shifting World Dynamics and the Evolving Workplace: Global labour law conference which will be held in Hong Kong on 6th October, James Davies from Lewis Silkin will be speaking on Busting Brexit myths in our first session.

  • Gender pay gap reporting – the story so far

    25 September 2017

    It’s a little over five months since the first “snapshot date” of 5 April 2017 and less than seven months before the final deadline for employers with 250 or more UK staff to publish their first ever gender pay gap reports without incurring the wrath of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This seems as good a point as any to ask the question “Where are we now?”

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